In N.C., a political storm over rising seas
After the storm-swollen Scuppernong River nearly drowned Columbia, N.C., last year, town leaders were convinced that their waterside hamlet had become dangerously low. So they passed a measure requiring new buildings to be 2 feet higher. It's an aggressive standard that eclipses many local height requirements in North Carolina, but it sailed through the Board of Aldermen with barely a crosswind. The case in Columbia seems to strike a winning argument for climate adaptation, but it started a storm of its own.